I know some people probably had their blood pressure momentarily increase when they saw that Club Carlson was changing hotel categories after just hyping everyone up about the “Big Night Giveaway”. At least I know mine did. However, it really isn’t that bad overall. Sure, some hotels are going up in category, and that stinks if one of the hotels you frequent falls in that category, but there are plenty of hotels that are also going down. For example, the Country Inn & Suites Universal Orlando is going from a 3 to 2 and will now cost just 15,000 points per night. The Radisson Resort Orlando Celebration took a free-fall from a Category 3 to a Category 1 and will come in at just 9,000 per night. That hotel is just 1.5 miles from Disney World, has a water slide, is a “Disney Good Neighbor Hotel”, and looks like a real strong choice for a budget family vacation to Disney World. Heck, one night at a Radisson with the Big Night Giveaway and you can now have enough points for 5 nights at a resort less than two miles from the “Mouse House”. One $80 stay = 5 “free” nights at a resort near Disney. I like that math.
You can still book rooms at the previous levels until May 31st. This can be relevant to reservations you were making to earn the “Big Night” bonus points if you were planning on using a cash and points reservation to qualify, since those rates will vary based on the category of the hotel.